The average pay for a Flight Instructor is $67,725 per year. A skill in Pilot is associated with high pay for this job.

$30,116 - $102,754
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$30K
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MEDIAN: $67,724
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$14.77 - $35.75
(Median)
$15
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,116 - $102,754  
   
Bonus
$494.93 - $12,122  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,497 - $100,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $35.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$494.93 - $12,122  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,497 - $100,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Job Description for Flight Instructor

A flight instructor is a person who helps educate and instruct individuals in the safe operation of aircraft. The flight instructor will begin working with students by teaching ground safety rules and flight basics. The flight instructor will then typically advance students through a training process that involves an understanding of flight conditions, cockpit instrumentation, take-offs, landings, and flying solo.

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Flight Instructor Tasks

  • Document and evaluate student progress.
  • Follow course schedules and syllabi.
  • Train students in aircraft handling in compliance with FAA safety and instructor requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Flight Instructor Reviews

What is it like working as a Flight Instructor?

Flight Instructor in Las Vegas:
"Never working."
Pros: Most fun job anyone could ask for. Variety is the key to happiness in this job. Teach a wide variety of skill levels and topics.
Cons: Pay can be minimal, non regular paychecks can be a frustration at times. Stressful at times, mentally draining. Alertness is life insurance.

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Experience Affects Flight Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 37%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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